Will I be punished for not reporting an incident of child sexual abuse that I am aware of?
Yes, if you knew that a child was being sexually abused, then you have a duty to report it. You can be held liable for not reporting the abuse in the first place and you can be punished under this law for a jail time of six months or a fine. Sexual abuse can make a child feel humiliated. The child may not be able to complain about the abuse himself/herself. Therefore, the law has placed the burden on the adults surrounding the child to report any suspicion of abuse. Any person to whom the child has confided about the abuse especially should report the crime. You can report directly to the police/magistrate.
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